Design Anthology - - From The Editor -

Ifor one love that we’re liv­ing in the age of cross-dis­ci­plinary crosspol­li­na­tion. Art, de­sign, craft, ar­chi­tec­ture; where are the bound­aries? Do they even ex­ist any­more? If so, they’re be­com­ing in­creas­ingly blurred.

In our first is­sue of each new year we look at the cross­over be­tween in­dus­tries and prac­tices — that not-so-eas­ily de­fined grey area. Last year was fash­ion, the year be­fore food, and be­fore that travel. This year we turn our fo­cus to art.

In this bumper is­sue we’ve cu­rated six stun­ning homes of col­lec­tors around the re­gion, from Syd­ney to Sin­ga­pore. In the art scene we ex­plore Taipei’s new­est art fair, a cut­ting-edge dig­i­tal art space in Tokyo and an emerg­ing plat­form for con­tem­po­rary de­sign in Manila. Fol­low­ing the theme of upand-com­ing spa­ces, we also have an in­tro­duc­tion to the cre­ative scene in rapidly de­vel­op­ing Myan­mar.

We’re ex­cited to bring you an in­ter­view with Hong Kong-born, New York­based ar­chi­tect Calvin Tsao of renowned prac­tice Tsao & McKown, which fre­quently in­cor­po­rates art into its projects. And from Hong Kong and Sin­ga­pore, we have re­ports on each city’s chang­ing ap­proach to mod­ernist ar­chi­tec­ture — in the for­mer’s pub­lic hous­ing land­scape and the lat­ter’s two icons of Bru­tal­ism.

Last but not least, if you’re al­ready dream­ing about your sum­mer va­ca­tion (or stay­ca­tion) then look no fur­ther than our Wan­der­lust fea­tures on the newly opened Joali re­sort in the Mal­dives and the much-an­tic­i­pated Tony Chidesigne­d Rose­wood flagship in Hong Kong.

Happy new year and happy read­ing!

Suzy An­netta Edi­tor-in-Chief

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